Once a fan of Twitter, the former US President, Donald Trump, is not leaving any stone unturned to voice his newfound hate for the platform now.
Almost a week after Nigeria ban Twitter, Trump has praised Nigeria’s government decision.
“Who are they to dictate good and evil, if they themselves are evil?” the former President Trump said in a statement.
Besides lending support to Nigeria, he urged other nations to ban Twitter and Facebook for not permitting “free and open speech”.
The former reality TV star Trump was banned from both platforms due to his role in the US Capitol riots in January.
His posts before and after the raid were supposed to have advocated violence.
According to Nick Clegg’s statement, the vice-president of Global Affairs indicated “severe violation” after the Capitol riots and said that Trump’s accounts would only be restored if conditions authorized.
What was Trump’s statement?
“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their president,” he said on Tuesday.
Trump also declared that he wanted to ban the social media platform, Facebook when he was at the White House. However, he states, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, “kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was”.
The former social media lover also claimed that he backed unnamed rival social media platforms, saying they “will emerge and take hold.”
The former President Donald Trump has struggled for attention since his suspension. He launched a website last month to let him continue reaching millions of his supporters but it was closed due to low traffic.
Why did Nigeria ban Twitter?
Nigeria’s government accused the platform of threatening the nation’s “corporate existence” by permitting “misinformation and fake news to spread.”
The ban followed the removal of the Nigerian president tweet, which mentioned Nigeria’s civil war four decades ago, and included a veiled threat towards those supporting a secessionist movement in the south-east of the country.
Nigerian government claimed on Saturday the tweet’s removal was “disappointing, but was not the only reason for Twitter’s “temporary” suspension.
Although representatives of the US, UK, and the European Union met in Abuja and argued that the suspension was an obstacle to freedom of expression, Nigeria informed that it would not allow any social networking firm to be used to damage the nation.
Nigeria has declared that it will not lift the suspension of Twitter until the microblogging company expresses enough remorse.
The professional body of Nigerian mobile phone operators, Alton – announced that its members had been asked to block access to Twitter.
Authorities said that they will sue anyone found to have violated the ban, but they have yet announced any arrests.
It has also been damned by a number of Western nations and the body representing Nigeria’s lawyers.
Many Nigerians, including notable politicians, news websites, and churches, are tweeting by using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).
Twitter said the prohibition was “deeply concerning”.
Since the suspension of Twitter’s operations on June 5, 2021, the company has not formally contacted the federal government for dialogue.
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